May 20, 2011 I Micah Hanks

Madness in America: Is There Really “No Cause For Alarm?”

Please remain seated, there's no reason to be alarmed here! Well, at least that's what emergency officials can be expected to say whenever the fecal matter begins to elope forcibly with the proverbial turbine blades, so to speak. This has certainly been the case lately in parts of the U.S., where various reports seem to indicate scads of what can only be called outbreaks of "madness."

Writing yesterday for The Gralien Report, I noted that there are many curious instances of alleged "air madness" being reported aboard commercial airliners. My obvious fear, as indicated in the piece I just referenced, is that this could have much more to do with attempts at grassroots terrorism, especially in the wake of the death of al Qaeda leader Osamma bin Laden; however, at least a few of the instances being reported have dealt primarily with people becoming terrified or agitated and trying to open emergency doors in mid-flight. But as it turns out, after posting the piece, many have emailed me to offer their knowledge of numerous other instances of "madness" occurring elsewhere... and which seems at times to be far more inexplicable.

For instance, there has apparently also been a rash of inexplicable madness where nudity also ensues. The enigmatic Mr. Mobius, one of my Gralien field correspondents, sent me the following:

In Florida in the past three weeks, there have been 5 people chase school buses while naked; four of the five have been women, and they have had no explanation as to why they did it afterward! The last case was really strange... and all were in Florida. Coincidence? Copycats?

Also in the last three weeks in the U.S. there have been numerous reports of police chasing naked men--most have drug and mental problems in their backgrounds, but not all of them. A few have told authorities they were just overcome with some "odd feeling" and went nuts, ripped off their clothing and just felt the insane urge to run naked; like they were totally out of control, and watching themselves. I have one example on video where a guy just goes apeshit.... rips off his clothing and is acting nuts (Note: the video in question is available online, but I've opted not to link it here due to it's graphic nature. Search at your own discretion)!

Mobius went on to mention that nearly 20 reports of men in the last three weeks--all bolting across towns, malls, subways and through whole cities while in their birthday suits--have cropped up. "I have also noted the people on planes," Mobius said in reference to my initial article, "and have been watching these examples of extreme behavior too. You are the 1st person I've seen that noticed the pattern and said 'WTF'!"

Well, maybe I'm not the only other one, to be honest. I also received some perspectives on the potential for sudden outbreaks of "madness" from my friend and colleague Mike Clelland, who noted that another potential here could be, "radiation at berserk levels due to solar flares, especially in high altitude airline flights. Citing research carried out by NASA and others, Mike points out:

"A study... of polar flights during a solar storm in 2003 showed that passengers received about 12 percent of the annual radiation limit recommended by the International Committee on Radiological Protection. The exposures were greater than on typical flights at lower latitudes, and confirmed concerns about commercial flights using polar routes."

If this sort of information is accurate, could it even be attributed to at least some reports of strange phenomenon described by pilots, which are often associated with UFOs? Could even the most well-trained experts, on occasion, succumb to the strange physiological effects of high-altitude radiation exposure? And more relevant to the present discussion, could any of the aforementioned bouts with "madness" be linked here somehow?

Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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